CELTIC should take a huge step towards the Champions League group stage by beating Malmo tonight.
Much has been said about the tough draw handed to Ronny Deila’s men but look at ties such as Lazio v Leverkusen and Monaco v Valencia.
Any of those teams would love to meeting Malmo and I don’t think the Swedes are any better than Qarabag although have a greater goal threat.
Markus Rosenborg is their main man up front but he’s suspended tonight and that’s a boost for Celtic.
Deila’s side haven’t conceded at home and if they achieve a third successive Euro clean sheet they should qualify.
Malmo are strong at home and while they turned over Red Bull Salzburg 3-0 in the last round the Austrians have sold Alan and Kevin Kampl and were without skipper Jonathan Soriano who is set for a move to Milan.
I’m on Celtic to win tonight at 4-6 with Ladbrokes while Celts to win to nil is 15-8 at Skybet. It has another feel of a 1-0 or 2-0 success and under 2.5 goals pays 9-10 at Ladbrokes.
Celtic have never lost a goal at home in Europe to Swedes and are 7-4 at William Hill to win to nil.
Malmo though have won both their matches on Scottish soil in Europe, beating Rangers 1-0 in 2011 and Hibs 7-0 two years ago. A Malmo win to nil is 13-2 at William Hill.
Swede Mikael Lustig netted for Celtic against Inverness last Saturday and is 13-2 with William Hill to score against his countrymen.
And I must mention Dedryck Boyata who has scored first in both of Celtic’s home Champions League qualifiers this season. He is 28-1 at McBookie to make it a hat-trick and 11-1 at bet365 to score.
Jo Inge Berget spent some of last season on loan at Celtic and scored twice in four league games. He is 11-4 with William Hill to net at any time.
Kari Arnason has already scored in Glasgow against Rangers in 2012 while playing at Aberdeen. He is 12-1 to net.
Under 2.5 goals
Lustig to score
(13-2, William Hill)